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6/7/2011

Weinergate: Because I’m Afraid That This Point May Have Gotten Lost

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:32 pm



“It really sucks when one of your idols doesn’t live up to expectations.” — 16-year-old fan of Rep. Weiner, May 17.

Two weeks before the scandal broke.

14 Responses to “Weinergate: Because I’m Afraid That This Point May Have Gotten Lost”

  1. Why do I feel like Breitbart has something, and Patterico knows it?

    MayBee (081489)

  2. Not the case. Just wanted to re-emphasize this point.

    Sorry.

    Patterico (135ea8)

  3. I have not lost that point, if anything that is the only point that really matters. it is the one that will have him playing hide the wiener with his cellmate for the next 15 years.

    Rorschach (7a2fd6)

  4. Mavs win. Weiner loses. There is a German word for this? Oh, yeah, Dirk.

    Ag80 (1bc637)

  5. schadenfreude, is the word you’re looking for.

    ian cormac (72470d)

  6. This is after he stopped following her, right?

    So it’s not like he tried to hit on her, and she rejected him, and then sadly noted her disappointment.

    However, it could be that he learned she was a minor, possibly even after a sexual message was sent, and then somehow terminated the contact.

    What sucks is the idea that parents should be able to trust politicians and their kids with ‘following’ on twitter. Before this scandal, I’d have been fine with a kid having a little chat online with politicians. At some point, I’d like to be able to trust the honor of other people.

    It’s actually completely possible this means nothing. Perhaps this is just a girl being dramatic. Weiner’s behavior has made us suspicious (and no doubt, he’s not really come clean, since he ‘came clean’ to avoid more disclosure). Whatever happened, it appears a parent is letting Weiner get away with it. Sure, by letting his PR people put words in their mouths, but would they really do that if they thought he was sexting their child? I hate to think so.

    Dustin (c16eca)

  7. My favorite line came from the NY Post:

    Erections Have Consequences!

    Arizona Bob (aa856e)

  8. Do I remember correctly, that was from the young fan that asked him to be her prom date, and he suddenly un-followed her? I hope that someone is there to help her through this.

    What really sucks is when a person like Rep. Weiner knows that some people idolize him, and he uses that knowledge for his own twisted power plays. That is not “sex” or “sexting”, it is abuse of power.

    Sue (24e46b)

  9. Do I remember correctly, that was from the young fan that asked him to be her prom date, and he suddenly un-followed her?

    It makes me wonder why she’d even ask. In what universe would it be cool to have a politician take you to the prom?

    Perhaps they had had interactions before he realized she was a minor, and that’s why she thought they could meet up at the prom, which is how he realized he had screwed up, big time, and unfollowed her?

    All I know is that we are guessing.

    Andrew Breitbart was right that we should be careful not to go after these girls. Kids deserve a chance to be stupid without being treated like adults.

    Dustin (c16eca)

  10. Oh good God, Nightline is starting the online excuse tour.

    So it goes.

    Ag80 (1bc637)

  11. It’d be cool if some guy who just asked you to show him your stuff and who’d then responded by showing his appreciation would maybe take you to the prom… she’s 16 or 17… it is his obligation to determine the age of the photo recipient before sending it… just like it would be his responsibility to verify her age before applying the weiner

    SteveG (cc5dc9)

  12. it is his obligation to determine the age of the photo recipient before sending it

    It’s hard to understand the appeal to sending photos like this anyway, so don’t get me wrong: this is creepy behavior either way, but I’m not sure it is very realistic to expect perverts to ask ‘Are you 18?’ before engaging in cyber sex.

    It would make a pretty amusing troll, though.

    And 17 is probably legal, to boot.

    It doesn’t really matter that much to me. These are very young women, and he’s a married man playing off his political power. If she’s 19 or 17, it’s the same thing to me.

    Anyway, I’m probably just ignorant of the law. Is it illegal to provide porn or Weiner style pics to a minor? I think it’s terrible behavior, but I’m not sure there is an age cutoff.

    Dustin (c16eca)

  13. “It really sucks when one of your idols doesn’t live up to expectations.”

    — Must’ve been referring to the pic of Weiner’s junk.

    Icy Texan (566f1b)


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